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Genevieve C. Jones

Monday, February 4, 2008

Genevieve "Gen" Jones
Genevieve Jones, 92, of Kissimmee, Fla. formerly of Aurelia, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Kissimmee, Fla. Funeral services were held on Friday Feb. 1 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia.

Genevieve Cathrine Ostergaard was born June 20, 1915, the daughter of Julius N. and Christine B. (Terkelsen) Ostergaard, near Dike, Iowa. She attended school in Cedar Falls, graduating from Cedar Falls High School in 1933. She then attended and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls with a B.S. in Business in 1937.

Genevieve was a schoolteacher, and while teaching in Correctionville met and later married Paul R. Jones on June 1, 1941, in Cedar Falls. The couple made their home in Aurelia where they farmed. Genevieve was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, where she was the first woman on the Church Council.

She enjoyed playing cards , competing in bridge tournaments well into her 90's. She enjoyed keeping up with eight of her high school classmates with a chain letter, which they started in 1933 and is still active today. She was very proud of her Danish roots, celebrating special holidays with her homemade ableskivers and Krispy Bars. In 1981 the Joneses retired to Kissimmee, Fla.

Preceding Genevieve in death were her parents, infant son, Clayton Howard in 1953, one sister, Ardell and her husband Roy Johnson.

Survivors include her husband Paul of Kissimmee, Fla., one daughter Janis Gifford and her partner Tom Sjoberg of Kissimmee, Fla., three sons and their wives, Ron and Sue Jones of Aurelia, Roger and Betty Ann Jones of Kissimmee, Fla, and Bruce and Deena Jones of Aurelia, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, one nephew Jerry Johnson of North Carolina, former daughter-in-law Kathy Jones of South Dakota, and other relatives and friends.